Plan Your visit

Use the City and County maps to locate artworks and find your way around the festival

 

Artworks

The installations are numbered and split into 4 zones around Durham City: Orange, Blue, Pink and Purple.

This year for the first time the festival programme extends beyond Durham City into the wider county. Marks in the Landscape presents six major new works to light up landmark locations across County Durham, complementing Lumiere’s existing community programme. 

Covid-secure measures will be in place, including ticketed time slots throughout the event to manage audience numbers in the controlled central Lumiere zone and clear protocols for all working on the festival.


Food & Drink 

If you’re exploring the artworks around Durham City and County, what better than enjoying a warm drink or a hearty lunch along the way.

You can also use the map to find suggestions for wonderful restaurants, cafes and pubs around Durham City and County.

 

Lumiere App

The festival app is back and even better for Lumiere 2021!

Use the app help guide you around the city and county and receive live updates through our new notifications feature. Remember to turn your location settings on for this app to access the live geo-location feature.

To save battery and data and to get the best experience, make sure you download the app before you visit the festival.

Search ‘Lumiere Durham’ or click the links below to download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.

If you downloaded the app in 2019, you can just update the app to get the new features and content.

DOWNLOAD LUMIERE APP: GOOGLE PLAY (ANROID)

DOWNLOAD LUMIERE APP: APP STORE (iOS)

Developed in partnership with Light up the North. Connected by Integra 61 Durham.

 

 

Printed Programme

A printed version of the festival programme, featuring city and county maps is available for a suggested £2 donation at the locations below:

Lumiere Visitor Hub – supported by Beanies – next to Gala Theatre in Millennium Place DH1 1WA
– Durham Town Hall DH1 3NJ
– Durham Market Place DH1 3NJ
– Palace Green Library DH1 3RN

 

Lumiere Visitor Hub – Supported by Beanies

Curious about Lumiere? Visit the Lumiere Hub next to Gala Theatre in Millennium Place to chat to one of our friendly Volunteer Festival Makers to find out more.

Opening Times

Saturday 13 November – Tuesday 16 November: 10:30 – 16:30 

Wednesday 17 November: 10:00 – 23:15 

Thursday 18 November – Sunday 21 November:  10:30 – 23:15

 

FESTIVAL opening Times & Tickets

Lumiere is open each night from 18 – 21 November 2021 between 16:30 and 23:00

The Marks in the Landscape artworks in Durham County are open 16:30 to 22:00

The festival is completely free to attend and 24 of the 37 installations are accessible without a ticket at all times.

The ticketed area includes Market Place, Saddler Street, Silver Street, Palace Green, North and South Baileys, Prebends Bridge and Riverside. The central peninsula is only accessible via Claypath and Framwellgate Bridge.

TICKETS FOR THE CENTRAL PENINSULA ARE NOW ALL SOLD OUT

Click here for more information about tickets

 

 

Planning your route

Two main entrances will be in place for Lumiere 2021 – Claypath and Framwellgate Bridge.

One way systems may be put in place in local areas to manage audience flow if required for safety reasons.

If you wish to start your journey with the installations in Market Place, you can use either Claypath or Framwellgate Bridge entrances to the central Peninsula area.

Please note, we expect this area to be very popular and there may be longer queuing times into the central Peninsula area from Claypath and Framwellgate entrance.

Please note that there will be no main entrance at Elvet Bridge, although you can exit here should you wish to.

 

 

Are there any changes to the festival this year because of COVID? 

In a change from previous years, the controlled City centre area of Lumiere will be ticketed for the entirety of the festival opening times every night. A timed ticketing slot system for the controlled central Lumiere zone will be in place from 16:30-23:00 each night.

There is no time limit once inside the controlled zone. Tickets are allocated for following time slots: 16:30, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00.

This is to manage audience numbers as part of measures in place to offer a COVID secure experience.

 

 

What should I bring with me?

  • Wrap up warm and wear waterproofs
  • Choose sensible footwear like walking shoes

What should I leave at home?

  • Travel light and leave umbrellas, pets and buggies at home
  • For your safety and security, bag checks and body searches will be in operation at ticket entry points. To minimise queueing time, please think carefully about what you bring with you and leave large bags and rucksacks at home

 

Need more information?

Explore our festival FAQs

WARNING: There are flashing lights at the end of the video sequence for the artwork, Chronos at the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham University

 

 

I HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES, WHERE CAN I FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO GET AROUND?

Durham is famed for its cobbled, steep and winding streets. This means getting around some of the installations can be challenging for some people. If it rains the cobbles can get slippery. Lumiere is a festival that takes place outside at night and the streets will be very busy at times.

Thursday and Sunday nights are usually quieter times to visit.

There is guidance information on accessibility for each artwork page on the website. Everyone has different needs so factual information is provided with no suggestions given about suitability.

 

I HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES. WHAT ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN PLACE TO HELP ME ACCESS THE MORE CHALLENGING AREAS OF THE FESTIVAL FOOTPRINT?

There will be local assistance points along the route managed by volunteer festival makers to help wheelchair users and other audience members with mobility issues. In cases where audience members with mobility issues do not feel they can continue on the circuit, they will be guided against the flow to the nearest suitable location.

Where the route is not suitable for wheelchair or buggy access, an alternative route will be suggested where possible.

Riverside footpath route from Prebends Bridge to Framwellgate Bridge – No wheelchair or buggy access. Alternative route via South Street.

Saddler Street, Owengate & North and South Baileys are difficult for buggies and wheelchairs because of steep cobbled streets.

Walkergate – requires the use of the slip road up onto Claypath as steps to Millennium Place. There is also a lift servicing the car park

 

Support for hidden disabilities

Sunflower lanyards will be available to collect for free at the Lumiere Visitor Hub in Millennium Place from the 13 November.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around the wearer that they need additional support, help or a little more time.

All volunteer Festival Makers will be briefed about the lanyards and  providing access support for audience members with hidden disabilities.

 

GUIDE DOGS TOUR OF SMING

Guide Dogs is celebrating 90 years since the first guide dog partnership this year. To mark the occasion, Guide Dogs North East will be offering guided visits for visually impaired audience members at the Sming artwork by Superbe at St. Oswald’s Church on Friday 19 November from 16:30 – 19:00.

If you’d like to book a visit for yourself or someone else please register your interest:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07909754098

 

 

 

AS SOME ON-STREET DISABLED PARKING BAYS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED – WHERE CAN BLUE BADGE HOLDERS PARK?

All the Park and Ride car parks have Blue Badge parking bays which are available on a first-come-first-served-basis.

All buses have accessible facilities and our sites at Belmont, Sniperley and Howlands have accessible toilet facilities.

Disabled bus pass holders can travel for free. See durham.gov.uk/Lumiere for further details on what’s available.

We do not recommend parking in the city as the peninsula area will be closed to traffic from 2pm each day and there will be additional road closures and parking suspensions. However, if you still choose to do so, there is disabled parking available in the multi-storey car parks.

The Blue Badge bays inside the road closures are suspended from 11:00. This includes Claypath, North Road, Framwellgate Waterside and Walkergate Slip Road.The nearest alternative Blue Badge bays are in the Multi Storey Car Parks in Durham city centre:

Additionally Blue Badge holders can park in any on street Pay and Display bays free of charge and without a time limit.

 

BSL Tour

Martin Glover of Digitspace will lead a BSL tour of Lumiere on Friday 19 November.

THE BSL TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

 

 

 

Need more information?

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

You can also use the map to plan your journey to and around Durham City and County

We strongly advise you use public transport or leave your car at one of Durham County Council’s many Park & Ride sites.

There will also be extra bus services and the train station is a short walk from the city centre.

 

TAXIS

From 2pm all taxi ranks in the city centre will be suspended. Instead, you’ll be able to get a taxi from Sutton Street, which is marked as a pin on the map.

 

PARK & RIDE

Durham County Council’s Park & Ride will be operating an enhanced service right through the festival with up to 6,000 parking spaces at any one time

The Park & Ride means that you don’t have to worry about where to park your car and are less likely to get stuck in traffic jams.

Thousands of parking spaces will be available with regular shuttle buses running until 23.30.

Shuttle fare is £2 per person.

 

The following Park & Ride sites are marked as green pins on the map:

BELMONT DH1 1SR (600 spaces) – Leazes Road Underpass

HOWLANDS FARM South Road DH1 3TQ (488 spaces) – Milburngate Bridge

ANNAND HOUSE DH7 8RS (2000 spaces – weather dependent) – Sutton Street

NEW COLLEGE Dryburn Road DH1 5ES (933 spaces) – North Road

SNIPERLEY DH1 5RA (300 spaces) – North Road

 

Park & Ride FAQs

Are there any concessionary fares? 

Under-16s go free if they’re accompanied by an adult over 21.

Concessionary pass holders travel for free. PopCard users can use their cards at Belmont, Sniperley & Howlands. There is no machine at Annand House or New College so Pop card users would have to pay full fare at those sites.

 

When is the last Park & Ride bus? 

Approximately 11.30pm

What times will the Park & Ride sites be locked up?

None of the sites will be locked during the festival. If festival goers return late by taxi, they will still be able to retrieve their cars.

No security after 00:00 midnight. Cars are left overnight at owner’s own risk.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURES

Letters have been posted to residents and businesses in affected areas with information about parking restrictions and road closures.

As always, there will be a number of road closures around the city to ensure that Lumiere runs smoothly for everyone. The historic peninsula of the Durham City will be closed to cars from 13:00 and other areas will be closed from 14:00.

Find out more more about the traffic and footpath restrictions which will be in operation and how you might be affected, so you can plan any journeys in advance by clicking the link below.

Click here to visit the Durham County Council website for more information 

 

BLUE BADGE BAYS

The Blue Badge bays inside the road closures are suspended from 11:00. This includes Claypath, North Road, Framwellgate Waterside and Walkergate Slip Road.The nearest alternative Blue Badge bays are in the Multi Storey Car Parks in Durham city centre:

Additionally Blue Badge holders can park in any on street Pay and Display bays free of charge and without a time limit.

 

TRAVELLING TO COUNTY ARTWORKS

Click the link below to find out more about travelling to the locations outside the city centre via the Durham County Council website.

TRAVEL INFO FOR ARTWORKS ACROSS THE COUNTY

 

 

 

TRANSPORT TO SOLITUDE AT FINCHALE PRIORY

Road closures will be in place with no vehicle access to the Priory. Pedestrians who approach via Finchale Avenue should be aware that route is not lit and that they do so at their own risk. Cocken Road access is completely closed.

Public transport links and parking are available at all sites apart from Finchale Priory, which is only available through a dedicated shuttle bus service running from New College Durham. There is limited capacity for the shuttle buses and we strongly recommend that you book your bus ticket in advance

Buses will leave New College Durham regularly between 16:10 and 21:20

Your free ticket includes the return journey back to New College Durham after visiting the artwork

The last bus leaves Finchale Priory at 22:00

 

 

 

 

Need more information?

Find out more about travelling to the festival via the Durham County Council website

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Accommodation

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